5 Reasons Why You Should Be Joyous During the Holidays

BY: ASHLEY JOHNSON

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Tis the season! The holidays are here which means everyone is struggling with something. Whether it’s the shopping, the cooking, the travel or even just a pesky cousin, everybody feels pressure around the holidays. And as impossible as it may seem, you can find some joy… even in the moments that seem most trying.

At the end of the day, holiday celebrations are just that: a celebration. It’s the end of yet another year—remember this time of year gives you the opportunity to relax and get a little space from your everyday routine. Use the days leading up to the new year brainstorming all the goals you’d love to meet in 2019 and enjoy the fact that you’re alive and able to take on anything you put your mind to.

With the potential stress peaking over the horizon, I feel there are a few important things to remember during the hectic holiday season. Here are my top 5 things to remember when you’re feeling a little less joyous than usual during this festive time of year.


  1. You probably have the day off!

    A day without work or school becomes a true gift when you grow up. You have been given a free day to fully indulge in winter activities, family time or even just spending the night at home with a cozy array of throw blankets and Christmas tunes. Relax, kick your feet up and love the ones you’re with.


  2. The world is always a happier place around the holidays.

    There’s something about the holiday spirit that gives people hope and joy. No matter what you celebrate, this holiday season always has a way of making people more optimistic. Enjoy it while you can!


  3. It’s important to spend time with the people who love you.

    Although everyone is different, most holidays include one must-have essential: being with people you truly care about. It’s not every day you get to see all the people you really love in one room. Take advantage of the time you get to spend with those people because you never know how many chances you’ll get to do it.


  4. Food—enough said.

    Is there truly any culture that doesn’t emphasis the importance of traditional meals during the holidays? Humans have the unique ability to cook phenomenal meals and I bet no matter what you’re celebrating this year, you have one dish, dessert or snack you’re really looking forward to. People are happy when they are fed… so dig in. Calories don’t exist during the holidays.


  5. You’re making memories.

    In some way or another, what you do for the holidays leaves a permanent mark on your brain that I like to call memories. Regardless of the struggles and failures you had during the year, the holiday season gives you a chance to renew. Ever since the beginning of man (it seems) people have made a connection between new beginnings and New Year’s Day. Spend the last few months of the year growing and moving forward with life. There’s nothing wrong with using the new year as an excuse to keep being the badass you are.


In the next month, I promise you will find yourself cursing the holidays, but when those moments strike, simply remind yourself of the definition of ‘holiday’: a day of festivity or recreation when no work is done. So, unplug, be present and soak in every detail of every memory you have. Find joy in the incredible moments that make you feel whole.


Ashley Johnson is the managing editor of She Reads by day and an aspiring novelist by night. Blogging her way through college, Ashley graduated Northern Arizona University with a degree in English in 2017. When she’s not catching up on the best new reads from her favorite publishers, she can be found taking naps with her four loyal chihuahuas and claiming her rightful title of “VIB Rouge” at Sephora.